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Outbreak at New Orleans shelter leads to euthanasia of 170 animals

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New Orleans -- An outbreak that spread through an animal shelter in Louisiana led to the euthanasia of about 170 animals.

New Orleans

-- An outbreak that spread through an animal shelter in Louisiana caused officials there to euthanize 170 animals.

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Animal control officials shut down Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter in Hammond, La., in an effort to prevent any further spread of the illness, believed to be canine coronavirus.

The cause of the outbreak has yet to be confirmed.

The outbreak reportedly caused dozens of fatalities to resident dogs and cats. Shelter officials opted to euthanize the animals in the facility arguing it wouldn't be practical to put all of these animals on IV fluids and antibiotics.

A clean-up effort is ongoing at the facility, which takes in about 5,000 homeless animals each year.

No new animals are being accepted during the cleanup process, which was expected to last several days.

Parish officials have called for an investigation into the outbreak and the subsequent euthanasia of so many animals.

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